Borussia Dortmund’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the opening gameweek of the Champions League heightened the importance of their match against Real Madrid.
It’s hard to think that Los Blancos won’t top Group H, meaning it’s a head-to-head battle between Dortmund and Tottenham for second place.
Sorry, APOEL Nicosia.
Yet things didn’t get off to a great start for Peter Bosz’s side, who were under immediate pressure from the off and eventually conceded in the 18th minute.
It was some goal too, Gareth Bale smashing home a first-time volley from Dani Carvajal’s delivery.
Whatever Bosz said to his players at half-time didn’t really work with Real slicing Dortmund’s defence open to make it 2-0 five minutes after the restart.
This time Bale turned provider, the Welshman putting the ball on a plate for Cristiano Ronaldo to score.
But Dortmund were never to go down without a fight and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his incredible run by steering home Gonzalo Castro’s cross in the 54th minute.
Modric received an odd booking
There was an interesting period in the first half where the visitors picked up three yellow cards in the space of 11 minutes, Bale, Carvajal and Luka Modric all being cautioned.
Modric’s yellow was by far the most confusing however, the Croatian midfielder seemingly being booked for walking the distance between the wall and the ball after Dortmund won a free-kick.
It’s very odd. Perhaps the referee felt that Modric had questioned his authority by arguing against the positioning of Real’s wall.
Indeed, fans on Twitter were completely bewildered.
Modric is targeting more trophies
Modric has already won the Champions League three times with Los Blancos following his switch from Tottenham in 2012 but he believes the Spanish giants can win many more titles in the future.
“It’s something special we are doing at the moment and we need to keep going because this moment will not last forever,” the 32-year-old said in June, per the Independent.
“I think we feel amazing team, and we need to just keep doing what we are doing, because I think we can win much more titles in the future.”
You certainly expect Zinedine Zidane’s side to be in contention come the latter rounds of the competition.